frivolity

noun

fri·​vol·​i·​ty fri-ˈvä-lə-tē How to pronounce frivolity (audio)
plural frivolities
1
: the quality or state of being frivolous
He has no patience for frivolity.
2
: a frivolous act or thing
He spends money on the latest fashions and other frivolities.

Examples of frivolity in a Sentence

He has no patience for frivolity. He spends money on the latest fashions and other frivolities.
Recent Examples on the Web Theirs is not a matter of overspending on frivolity. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 This year, the Biden and Trump campaigns struck out on their own and arranged for two debates, the first — June 27 — offering citizens an unusual addition to the usual summer fun and frivolity. Mark Barabak, The Mercury News, 21 June 2024 At its best, Real Housewives shines when a bunch of egotistical women with narcissistic tendencies make a huge to-do about relatively inconsequential events, and this season of Dubai is delivering the frivolity on all counts. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 11 June 2024 The whole show is awash in good spirits, fun and frivolity. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for frivolity 

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Word History

Etymology

see frivolous

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of frivolity was in 1764

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Cite this Entry

“Frivolity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frivolity. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

frivolity

noun
fri·​vol·​i·​ty friv-ˈäl-ət-ē How to pronounce frivolity (audio)
plural frivolities
1
: the quality or state of being frivolous
2
: a frivolous act or thing

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